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Court docket dismisses Baba Ijesha’s bail utility

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An Ikeja Particular Offences Court docket has rejected the bail utility of embattled Nollywood actor, James Olarewaju, alias Baba Ijesha, for freedom.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo rejected the actor’s bail utility on the grounds that he didn’t meet distinctive circumstances and standards to warrant the bail.

“The Applicant should present particular and distinctive circumstances as a result of the time period given to him is 5 years which is to run concurrently.

“There isn’t any proof that the enchantment has been entered, and there’s no indication earlier than this court docket that the court docket won’t deal with the case expeditiously.

“It’s within the view of this court docket, that the Applicant has failed to point out particular circumstances to warrant him bail as a result of he’s dealing with a severe crime.

“In view of this case, I’m inclined to refuse the bail utility of the Applicant pending enchantment”, Taiwo held.

The embattled actor was searching for bail pending an enchantment for the 5 years conviction of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old lady.

Baba Ijesha’s counsel, Mr Gabriel Olabiran, had on August 10 knowledgeable the court docket {that a} discover for bail pending enchantment has been submitted, in pursuance to Part 6(6) of the 1999 Structure as amended and Part 51 of the Excessive Court docket regulation of Lagos State, Administration of Prison Justice Legislation.

Olabiran argued that the appliance is for the court docket to confess the Applicant to bail, both unconditionally or upon cheap circumstances. He mentioned the appliance was introduced earlier than the court docket, as a result of problem in getting a date on the Court docket of Attraction.

The State Prosecutor, Mr Yusuf Sule, nonetheless, in a counter-affidavit dated August 18, argued that the defence failed in its handle to determine the particular circumstances which could grant the convict bail.

“My Lord, the defence has failed woefully in addressing the particular circumstances which can be utilized to grant the convict bail.’’

The court docket on July 14 sentenced the actor to 5 years imprisonment, for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old lady.

The court docket held that the Prosecution had efficiently confirmed the cost of sexual assault of a minor and indecent remedy of a minor towards the convict.

The Choose, nonetheless, discharged and acquitted him of counts one and 6 which have been sexual assault by penetration (which passed off in 2014) and tried sexual assault by penetration (which passed off in 2021).